Life Lately #8

28/04/2017 Lifestyle, Personal 10

 

Life LatelyI hope everyone has had a lovely April!

Personally, I’ve had a pretty good month! I said in my March update that I’d had a bit of a slow month, and it felt like I hadn’t really done much, so I thankfully managed to turn that round in April.

Pretty early on in the month my sister and I, and my little baby niece took a trip to Manchester to do a spot of shopping. We went on the train to avoid the stess of driving (I had a massive meltdown last time I tried to drive in Manchester City centre…everywhere was one way streets and crazy taxi drivers cutting me up!), and had a look round the Arndale Centre, where we also happened to buy the biggest pretzels I have ever seen. Mine was iced and it was absolutely AMAZING!

I also had a week off work for my birthday this month, which was lovely! I didn’t get up to much on my actual birthday other than having a takeaway with my family and boyfriend (plus there was cake!), so that was nice and relaxed.

During the rest of the week my boyfriend and I mixed up chilled days with a few trips out, including one to Llandudno in Wales. It’s a place I used to go to a lot as a child, and it never seems to change! We took a walk along the seafront and down the pier (stopping off at a few arcades on the way of course!) and then walked through the town and got some lunch, before unfortunately getting stuck in some horrendous traffic on the way back.

All in all, April has been a pretty good month, and it’s been especially nice to see the weather improving, even if there has still been the odd cold, rainy day.

Reading

Life Lately #8

This month has been a bit of a mixed bag as far as reading is concerned: on the one hand I only read 3 books after finishing Moranifesto at the start of the month, but on the other hand I absolutely loved the three books I did read!

I finally got round to reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab which I really enjoyed. I perhaps didn’t love it quite as much as I hoped after all the hype, but I definitely preferred it to This Savage Song which I had very mixed feelings about. I already have a copy of A Gathering of Shadows lined up anyway, and I’m pretty excited about it!

I also read Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon (a popular journalist) which tells the story of her battle with OCD, anxiety and depression. Whilst it was obviously a pretty emotive book, Bryony manages to make it really funny too, and it was really inspiring to read about someone being so honest about something so personal.

I also read Katherine of Aragon, The True Queen by Alison Weir. As you can probably guess from the title, it tells the story of Katherine of Aragon from her arrival in England to marry Prince Arthur, through her marriage to Henry VIII and their separation. Whilst it’s a story I know incredibly well, being a huge fan of Tudor-era historical fiction, I absolutely adored Weir’s version, and got through it within days despite it being a monster of a book! I’m really looking forward to the release of the next Six Tudor Queens book!

I’m now in the middle of How To Write Anything by David Quantick which I picked up from the library. I read his book How To Be A Writer a while ago and loved it, so I thought I’d read his other book on writing.

Writing

Speaking of writing, I’ve had a pretty good writing month this month! I’ve been taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo to try and make some more progress on my novel, and was aiming for a target of 25,000 words (so that’s 834 a day).

It’s a couple of days until Camp NaNoWriMo is over, and so far I’ve written 22,853 words (as of last night), so I’m on track to writing my 25,000 words (and I’ll be posting an update post on whether or not I finish in a couple of days!). The total words in my manuscript is now 106,326, and I’ve finally made it to the climatic final events of the story. I think in total it will probably be around 120,000 words long, so I’m not a million miles away from finishing the first first draft I’ve ever completed! Exciting stuff!

Blogging

On the other hand, it hasn’t been a great blogging month. Between being out and about all the time and doing my Camp NaNo writing, my blog has kind of slipped by the wayside a bit, but I’m hoping to change that next month.

A few posts I’ve loved writing though are:

So have you had a good April? What have you been doing/reading/writing this month?

10 Responses to “Life Lately #8”

  1. Greg

    Congrats on the writing progress! That must be a great feeling to have your first draft in sight. Mad Girl does sound like a good look at OCD and anxiety, and I’ve heard good things about Alison Weir’s books too. I’m going to read some of her stuff at some point!

    • Laura

      Yeah, Alison Weir’s books are great! I had her non-fiction book about Anne Boleyn a while back too, and that was really good as well 🙂

  2. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    Congrats on getting so much writing done! That’s awesome. XD I hope you’re able to reach your goal!
    My April has been pretty good (yay for holidays!) as I’ve been getting back into reading again. At present I’m reading Magic Study by Maria V Snyder, and I highly recommend the Study series! I love the world-building and vibrant characters. 🙂

    (By the way, I tagged you for the Voices of YA Tag if you’d like to participate. If not, no worries! 😀 )

    • Laura

      I’m glad you’re getting back into reading! I’ll definitely have to check out the study series. Just the title ‘Magic Study’ sounds like it would be my kind of thing 🙂
      And thanks so much for tagging me! 🙂

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Yay for writing going well. Really, when you’re writing you can be forgiven for blogging less. There are only so many hours in the day so you have to prioritise and that’s ok.

    Also, glad to see you’ve had a good month IRL. Birthday’s spent with family doing nothing exciting are my favourite kind. You don’t need to do anything big, just relaxing is more than enough. It’s great you got to go to Llandudno, visiting places you used to go when you were younger is always really strange as you remember what it was like but also seeing it now. It’s never quite as you remembered. Everything also always seems smaller… or that might just be me.

    • Laura

      That’s true! My fiction writing has picked up, and my blogging has gone down, but that’s just the way it goes.
      And I totally agree – I think the best birthday’s I’ve had have been the nice, chilled ones spent with family 🙂
      I totally got that feeling in Llandudno of everything being smaller too, so I know what you mean. I seemed to remember us wandering round for hours when I was a kid, but when my boyfriend and I went, we sort of walked about for a bit and then had seen everything after a bit! It was really nice though 🙂

  4. Lia

    Aahh didn’t realize you have an April birthday too! Happy belated birthday! And yay for a great month! It must have felt great to have a week off for your birthday. Wish I could have had something like that :p

    I had a pretty awesome start April since I went to Coldplay concert on April 1st! It was a nice weekend too since the concert was in Singapore, so my friends and I could have a short trip there as well. Do you like Coldplay?

    • Laura

      Yay for April birthdays! 🙂
      And I’m so glad you got to see Coldplay! That sounds like a lot of fun! I don’t mind a bit of Coldplay every now and then 🙂

  5. Victoria

    I’m happy to hear that you had a nice birthday, and such a lovely week off work! It’s great that you’re enjoying your reading this month, you’ve particularly inspired me to read more Alison Weir, since I’ve only read her non-fiction so far! I hope that May will be just as productive for you 🙂

    • Laura

      I think you’d really love Alison Weir’s fiction! It’s really absorbing, even though it’s such a familiar story, and so well researched, which I guess isn’t surprising seen as Alison Weir’s a historian 🙂
      I hope you have a great May! 🙂

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